Balsamic roast chicken recipe

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serves: 4 - 6
Skill: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 1 hr 40 min
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  • A delicious and basic roast chicken recipe, perfect for Sundays, and any other day of the week


    • 1 medium whole chicken
    • 1tbsp fresh rosemary
    • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled
    • pinch of sea salt
    • Black pepper
    • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 8 sprigs fresh rosemary
    • 3tbsp balsamic vinegar


    • Finely chop the rosemary and pound with the garlic and salt.

    • Place the chicken in a roasting tin and rub the oil all over chicken. Then rub in the rosemary mixture and sprinkle with pepper. If time allows cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

    • Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / gas 7.

    • Cook the chicken for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 190°C / 375°F / gas mark 5 and roast for 20 minutes per 500g (17.6oz) plus 10-20 minutes extra.

    • 30 minutes from end of cooking time, remove the chicken from the oven and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Return to the oven and allow the skin to crisp.

    • Serve garnished with rosemary sprigs alongside a selection of vegetables.

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